Kate Spade Foundation donating $1 million for mental health awareness

Henrietta Strickland
June 22, 2018

"Our foundation is donating over $1 million to these causes, starting with $250,000 to [Crisis Text Line]", the tweet said. They will match donations up to $100,000.

"Mental health does not discriminate; it is complicated and hard to diagnose and can often be life-threatening", she adds.

Bakst also highlighted the support fans of the brand have provided following Spade's passing, "The outpouring of love on social media and in our shops from customers of all ages has been overwhelming and moving", she stated. "It is such a handsome reflection of how much Kate was loved". The text line is confidential and can be used for any sort of crisis situation including mental health crises and suicidal situations.

So far, however, no other organization has been named as a recipient of the foundation's donations.

The donations come several weeks after Kate was found dead in her New York City apartment. In 1999, she and husband Andy Spade sold a 56 percent stake of their company to Neiman Marcus, then, in 2006, sold the remaining 44 percent to Neiman, and took time to raise their daughter, Frances Beatrix, whom they welcomed in 2005.

Each year, one in every five Americans suffers from mental health issues.

If you or someone you know is considering suicide, please call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-8255, or text "help" to the Crisis Text Line at 741-741.

You are not alone.

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